Sturgeon: Autumn 2018 ‘common sense’ for indyref2

Media captionNicola Sturgeon was interviewed by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg Scotland’s first minister has said autumn 2018 would be a “common sense” date for any second independence referendum. Nicola Sturgeon continued to insist, however, that no final decision had yet been made on holding such a vote. In a BBC interview, she said she […]

Poland threatens ‘whole EU summit’ over Tusk vote

Poland threatens ‘whole EU summit’ over Tusk vote

Image copyright AFP Image caption Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo says Mr Tusk has “violated multiple times his European mandate” Poland has threatened to derail Thursday’s EU summit as it attempts to block the re-election of Donald Tusk as president of the European Council. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said nothing should be decided without Poland’s […]

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Labour vows to close ‘North-South divide’ in public spending

Image copyright ALAMY Labour has vowed to “close the gap” between spending in the north and south of England and end the “bias” it says there has been in transport investment. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said in a speech that London and the South East have disproportionately benefited from projects such as Crossrail. He said […]

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Merkel welcomes May’s ambition for a strong Europe

Image copyright ANDREAS SOLARO German chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed Theresa May’s remarks that Britain wants to see a strong Europe – even as it prepares to quit the EU. The prime minister told EU leaders she wanted to build a “strong partnership” with the EU and pledged the UK would be a “good friend […]

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Brexit: Fresh legal challenge blocked by High Court

Image copyright AFP Image caption The campaigners have vowed to continue the fight A fresh legal challenge to Brexit has been blocked by the High Court. A group of campaigners who want Britain to stay in the EU single market argued that Parliament must approve the UK’s exit from the European Economic Area. But the […]

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Northern Powerhouse report: Schools need urgent attention

Image caption Closing the North-South attainment divide is key to success, says the report “Urgent attention” must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank. In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to […]

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Disability benefits cuts should be delayed, MPs say

Image copyright SPL Cuts in disability benefits should be delayed until the government clarifies how it will support those in need of extra money, a group of MPs has said. The Work and Pensions Select Committee found there was little evidence that lower payments would motivate disabled people to find work. The allowance is set […]

Farage first UK politician to meet Trump since election

Farage first UK politician to meet Trump since election

Image copyright @Nigel_Farage Image caption The president-elect welcomed the UKIP leader at Trump Tower Nigel Farage has become the first British politician to meet Donald Trump since he became US president-elect. A UKIP spokesman said the interim party leader discussed “freedom and winning” with Mr Trump on a visit to Trump Tower in New York. […]

Marine Le Pen: Trump win boosts my chances

Media captionLe Pen’s National Front (FN) is known for its anti-EU, anti-immigration platform. France’s far-right leader has told the BBC that Donald Trump’s victory in the US has boosted her own chances of being elected president next year. Marine Le Pen, who leads the French National Front (FN), said Mr Trump had “made possible what […]

Workers ‘cutting hours’ because of childcare costs

Workers ‘cutting hours’ because of childcare costs

Image copyright Thinkstock More than one in four UK business leaders say employees have cut their hours because of the “high cost of childcare”, a report from the British Chambers of Commerce says. The survey of more than 1,600 business leaders also found nearly 10% said some staff had quit for the same reason. Government […]